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Concerned About Money in Politics?
Then Don't Miss Community Forum
This Wednesday--May 20  

This year one of the priorities of the national League of Women Voters has been to try to stop the flow of secret money into politics. The Santa Barbara League is also concerned about it, and we have invited some experts to discuss what the chances are for reducing the amount of money--or at least recording all of it so that the public will know where it comes from.

The state League will send Chris Carson from Burbank to talk about California efforts to control that money. Former Santa Barbara Mayor Marty Blum will discuss campaign spending at the local level. UCSB Professor Ted Anagnoson will look at the issues from a national perspective. LWVSB Co-President Susan Shank will moderate the meeting. League member Jane Benefield will discuss local ballot measures that have passed and failed and the role of money in these outcomes.

The forum is from noon to 2 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center, 1232 De La Vina St. All League forums are free and open to the public. League members and guests can bring a brown-bag lunch, and cookies and beverages will be provided. Parking at the center is free during the meeting.
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson
To Speak at LWVSB Annual Meeting
Saturday, June 13 

The Senator will be giving a legislative update on her current legislation, primarily around her work as the Chair of the Legislative Women's Caucus. The Caucus has chosen priority legislation around four central pillars: Equal pay and job opportunities, access to childcare, family friendly workplaces and building economic security by addressing poverty.


One of Sen. Jackson's bill, The Fair Pay Act (SB 358), will strengthen the state's existing equal pay law by eliminating loopholes that prevent effective enforcement and empowering employees to discuss pay without fear of retaliation.


The business meeting, which begins at 9:30 a.m. at  Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 909 La Cumbre Rd., is for members only. However, the luncheon talk is open to the public. There is no charge for the business session. The luncheon cost is $35. 


Hannah-Beth Jackson represents the 19th Senate District in the California State Senate, which includes all of Santa Barbara County and western Ventura County. An educator, former small business owner and former Deputy District Attorney, she represented the 35th Assembly District from 1998 to 2004 in the California State Assembly.


In the Senate, she is chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and serves on several key committees, including Environmental Quality Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, the Labor and Industrial Relations Committee, and the Business, Professions and Economic Development Committee. She's also chair of the California Legislative Women's Caucus.


Married to retired Superior Court Judge George Eskin, she has a daughter, two stepchildren and five grandchildren.


Please mail a $35 check to LWVSB, 328 East Carrillo St. Santa Barbara, Suite A, CA 93101, by June 3. For more information, contact cnjjones@cox.net

Common Ground Santa Barbara County

Benefit Thursday, May 28, 6-7:30pm


A benefit party for Common Ground Santa Barbara County will be held in the barrel room of Santa Barbara Winery. A suggested donation of $20 includes live music, a glass of award-winning Santa Barbara Winery wines and a raffle ticket for an opportunity to win door prizes. The event will also include a silent auction.


The festive event will raise funds and awareness for Common Ground Santa Barbara County (CGSBC), a special project of Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County. CGSBC recruits, trains and educates volunteers so they can effectively house the most vulnerable individuals and families experiencing homelessness in Santa Barbara County. CGSBC--a coalition of LWVSB--is a collaborative effort of community members from the non-profit, governmental, business and faith communities of Santa Barbara County striving to end homelessness in our communities.


For those who cannot attend, tax-deductible donations to CGSBC can be made online, by mail or in-person at 301 E. Cannon Perdido Street in Santa Barbara. Checks should be payable to Legal Aid Foundation of Santa Barbara County with CGSBC noted in the memo line.


For more information about the event or how to support CGSBC, contact 805-451-5604 or cgvolunteers@gmail.com.  

"How To Power Paradise?"

Thursday, May 21 Discussion


The Santa Barbara Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Community Environmental Council and the World Business Academy are co-sponsoring a discussion on fixing Santa Barbara's blackouts while creating energy independence.


The community meeting will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Faulkner Gallery of the Santa Barbara Library. Doors open at 5 p.m. Topics will include local renewable  microgrids, California's energy goals, Community Choice Energy, economic impacts and electricity reliability. 


LWVSB's recent Community Forum explored the possibility of establishing a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)--a promising new way to supply clean energy at competitive prices. The forum video is now on our website.
Our Channel Voter is now being mailed only to members without email addresses. There is no newsletter during the summer. But you will continue receiving League information via these emails, the occasional letter and on the website. You can view the April-May Channel Voter online. 

We hope to see you soon.


Joanie Jones and Susan Shank
League of Women Voters of Santa Barbara 

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